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Blue skies, empty land--and enough room to hide away a horrifying secret. Or is there? Discover a haunting new vision of the American West from the award-winning author of The Changeling.

If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, the result would be Victor LaValle.--Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See


Adelaide Henry carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes. It's locked at all times. Because when the trunk is opened, people around her start to disappear...

The year is 1915, and Adelaide is in trouble. Her secret sin killed her parents, and forced her to flee her hometown of Redondo, California, in a hellfire rush, ready to make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Dragging the trunk with her at every stop, she will be one of the lone women taking advantage of the government's offer of free land for those who can cultivate it--except that Adelaide isn't alone. And the secret she's tried so desperately to lock away might be the only thing keeping her alive. 

Told in Victor LaValle's signature style, blending historical fiction, shimmering prose, and inventive horror, Lone Women is the gripping story of a woman desperate to bury her past--and a portrait of early twentieth-century America like you've never seen.


Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction: four novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and Publishers Weekly, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He lives in the Bronx with his wife and kids and teaches at Columbia University.


  • Publisher: One World (March 28, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: 052551208X
  • ISBN-13: 9780525512080
  • Item Weight: 1.03 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
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